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post #1 of 7 Old 12-16-2012, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question My 6 month old filly needs a friend....

I have a baby who has been weaned from her mom and has been in the pasture with 2 old ponies who have been her friends and stayed with her. She could still see her mother because she was in a back pasture. So now I brought her back to my place so her mother isn't a part of anything and she can start her journey in being completely independent and learn on her own. The problem with this is my other 3 horses who can see her don't seem to like her. I brought my 13yo gelding in the paddock with her because he is lowest in the pecking order. All started out fine. He was very nice and patient. He was showing her to back off and where she belonged. Then he got a little annoyed with his new little shadow and started getting rough in his signals to her. I was in the pen with them so I could step in if needed. Well like a light switch was flipped he started chasing her and poor little girl just ran away as fast as she could. I stepped in and made him back off but he was still focused on the chase. I stopped him again. At that point
I decided I'd try my other 8yo gelding who acts like life is all about fun and games instead. He started out not caring if she was there or not. Then he started interacting with her nibbling and just checking each other out. That went on a few minutes and then he started chasing her too. So I stopped him and he stood with me wanting rubbed on and the baby came up and he acted fine with her. Maybe he was on his best behavior because he knew I'd get on to him. I took him out of the paddock too. I didn't feel like it was a good idea unsupervised. So my question is how do you introduce a 6 month old to everyone without her getting ran into the ground or eaten up? I have a 10yo mare in my pasture that lately has been meaner than a rattlesnake and I do not want her with this baby because she is having issues lately. What should I do?
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from what I remember where our boarder brought their 6 month old weanling here I kept him in the corral which is adjacent to the pasture for a few days, everyone did their checking out over the fence, then I took the five out of the pasture, walked the boarder's around so he knew where the fences were and let one out first with him, they chased around for a bit, then added one more in.....he knew where the fences were and he couldn't be cornered so he was ok, then I let the rest in, it didn't last long though......yes they chased him off or nipped at him but then they were all fine once they got the pecking order established......

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I'm just so worried she's gonna get bit up or can't run fast enough. I feel bad for her. :( She had to leave her best friends(the ponies) who she was safe with to be surrounded by big horses being mean and chasing her. The paddock is inside the pasture so they can see her. I just hope it all gets easier for her. I can't rescue her in a pasture.
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Let them talk over a fence for about a week before you put them together.

For my aggressive guys just having them be able to see the new horse for a few days caused things to go way more smooth than throwing them all together.
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When the chasing starts in the big pasture how long should I let her stay with them? The mare I mentioned is charging at the baby. She's running at her but obviously can't get to her because the fence. Very unusual behavior into opinion. I've never had a horse act so hateful. I'm afraid of the baby getting hurt. If I knew it was just gonna be a little running and everyone putting her in her place without taking chunks out of her I would be ok with it.
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That's just how horse work and it's important she learn those vital social skills. They run, kick and bite each other to establish their herd order. After a day or so they chasing will stop, but you need to let them go through the motions. If the horse are not "mean" usually they most likely aren't out to hurt her, only to tell her "I run the show here". Once she gets the message THEN she will be allowed to coming into their group. I would put her in a pen next to them, then introduce them one at a time to her. Leave them for a few days then bring in another one. As long as they have a large enough area to run they will sort it out themselves.
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Yeah I understand they have to teach her but I don't want her getting hurt. She's not used to having to run from horses. The other pasture she was at the actual horses there knew her when she was a baby and were easy on her so she doesn't get it yet and when I let the gelding in the pen with her she was all over him. Even after he chased her she went close to him again. I would have been running as far away as possible!! Lol!
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